FLORENCE — The clock is ticking as school boards around the state decide what their upcoming semester will look like.
For Florence Carlton Schools, even after a four-hour public meeting Wednesday evening, only minimal answers were given.
The board took public comment for over an hour, addressing each parent, teacher, and student concern.
Based on a survey sent to Florence Carlton families this summer, 80% of parents who responded said they want a fall semester, but the numbers varied across the board as far as their preferences for how the fall semester will look.
At this time, for those who choose to keep their kids home, they will have to provide a doctor’s note explaining why they can’t return in-person.
Like many other schools in the planning process, Florence will most likely see a model of school that lends itself to flexibility.
As of right now, the board has voted to have in-person instruction for students who can come to school. That instruction will be held Monday through Friday, beginning on Aug. 24.
As far as the length of their school day and a potential block schedule, that’s all being tabled for their next public meeting on Aug. 3.
Before then, school officials plan to reach back out to parents for input on what time they want to see the school day held.
Superintendent Brian Rayburn said no plan is going to be perfect, but at least they have the beginnings of a plan.